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Syrian army forces find human organs intended for trafficking inside ex-militant redoubt

Syrian military forces have discovered a large number of human body organs persevered in chloroform and intended for trafficking while conducting clean-up operations in the country’s northwestern province of Idlib.

A local source, requesting anonymity, told Syria’s official news agency SANA that a doctor affiliated to foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants had transformed a house in the village of al-Ghadfa into a medical laboratory, where many packages of human organs, including eyes, hearts, lungs, livers and kidneys, were being kept in chloroform solution.

The report added that the packages were marked with male and female names, while there were records inside the house containing the names of people with descriptions of their general health conditions.

Back in November 2019, Russian experts warned that members of the so-called civil defense group White Helmets are involved in forcible removal of organs from Syrians living in militant-controlled areas.

“They (White Helmets) were a key element in this illegal scheme of organ removal. We learned about those incidents from the people whom we interviewed. This information came as an unpleasant surprise to us,” the director of the Russian Foundation for the Study of Democracy, Maxim Grigoryev, said at the time as he presented a survey entitled “White Helmets: Terrorist Abettors and Sources of Disinformation” at the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow.

He noted that Russian researchers made the discovery while interviewing residents of Syrian regions where White Helmets were most active.

Grigoryev and his colleagues conducted more than 100 interviews not only with residents of the major cities of Aleppo, Douma, Dayr al-Zawr and the southern town of Saqba, but also with over 40 members of White Helmets and some 20 former militants.

According to eyewitnesses’ testimony, White Helmets were involved in extracting human organs from the bodies of ill-fated people whom they had promised medical assistance. After that, their relatives received bodies with some vital organs missing. This came to light when the bodies were examined and weighted, he pointed out.

US-backed SDF militants impose curfew across Hasakah

Meanwhile, Kurdish-led militants from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have imposed a raft of new restrictions across Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah.

Syria’s pro-government and Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that the new restrictions came into force on Thursday, in addition to implementing an open-ended lockdown during Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice), which marks the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Under the new measures, local residents have to stay at their homes and movement of individuals is prohibited. Moreover, all social gatherings and visits and intercity travels are banned during Eid al-Adha.

US-backed SDF officials allege that they have adopted the measures in response to an alarming increase in cases of coronavirus infection across Hasakah over the past few days.

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